Keystone Development Projects with C.E Options

Matt Mills

Chief Strategy Officer

Early in his career, Mills served as a senior housing coordinator overseeing 9,800 units of affordable housing in 13 states. Mills has served as chief financial officer of the MACO Companies, specializing in LIH Tax Credit Developments, and as an owner of Legacy Real Estate Group, LLC, a single tenant, net-leased and multi-family focused real estate brokerage firm with a portfolio valued in excess of $100 million. After leaving MACO in 2009, Mills joined CRA Investments, LLC as a managing partner, where Mills helped build a thriving tax credit syndication business that not only benefits investors, but also makes possible the construction of much-needed affordable housing across the country. Since its founding, CRA Investments has been responsible for the syndication of more than $500 million in tax credits that have provided equity for over 120 affordable housing projects in eight states. In addition, Mills has personally amassed a real estate portfolio exceeding $300 million under management. Assets in the portfolio include hotels, office complexes, single-tenant, net-leased assets and agricultural land, along with over 1,300 units of multi-family properties.

Jason Cordon

Lead Counsel

Mr. Cordon, a founding partner of Kowan | Cordon, specializes in federal, state and international tax, private equity and business planning. He works with both U.S. and foreign clients to advise them regarding the international, federal and state tax aspects of a variety of corporate and partnership transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, and restructuring. He also provides counsel regarding the formation of and investment in a variety of private equity and other investment funds including major corporate venture capital, tax credit, and real estate transactions.

In addition, a significant portion of Mr. Cordon’s practice concentrates on the representation of investors, developers and syndicators nationwide in connection with tax-incentivized investments, including conservation motivated real estate funds, low-income housing tax credits, renewable energy tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, new markets tax credits, entertainment/film tax credits and other state specific credits.

Prior Experience:
Morris Manning & Martin
Paul Hastings

Don Deans

Tax Consultant and Strategist

Don has supported individual and corporate clients as a CPA for more than 40 years and as a registered representative for 18 years. Don has his BSIR and MBA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
He began his career at Haskins & Sells in 1974 and was a partner at Deloitte Haskins & Sells from 1985-1990. In 1996, Don joined the financial services sector.

Don is a nationally recognized speaker, published author, and thought leader in the accounting and finance communities. His guidance has been sought out by the Journal of Accountancy, Hartford Business Journal, and statewide CPA magazines in Connecticut, Georgia and North Carolina. Don is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), NC Association of CPAs (NCACPA) and the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA).